April 08 2016 09:04AM
All things being equal, which they very seldom are, when it comes to assessing players, I’ve always preferred guys with a high degree of bite and physical edge to their game over those who don’t provide the same blood-and-guts dimensions. “Softer” players, if you will, although that word tends to send some observers into a tizzy.
April 05 2016 02:21PM
I’ve got to admit, Rexall Place never felt like home to me. It didn’t the first time I walked into it back in 1989. It won’t the last time I walk out of it and it didn’t in the 27 years in between. Great memories? Sure. Moments I’ll never forget? Absolutely. But I always felt like a guest. A visitor.
March 31 2016 07:00AM
There’s a handful of players on this list who worked their backsides off and did whatever it takes just to make it to the NHL. Steve Staios, who spent 573 games with the Edmonton Oilers during an NHL career that spanned 1,001 games, might be the poster boy for all of them.
March 28 2016 10:40AM
While kids in neighborhoods right across the city were loading up on chocolate Easter Sunday, word of Nail Yakupov’s pre-deadline trade request, made to the Edmonton Oilers through agent Igor Larionov, was making the rounds on the internet.
March 27 2016 07:00AM
Stan Weir never turned into the kind of scorer the California Golden Seals hoped he’d be when they plucked the Ponoka boy from the Medicine Hat Tigers in the 1972 NHL Amateur Draft. Not sure if the white skates the Seals made him wear had anything to do with that, but it didn’t help.